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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Take Charge of Your Life
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Take Charge of Your Life
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I was so impressed with Brian Price’s presence and his message to an HVAC class at CPI. He is such a great role model for the young students in the class. But I had no idea what I would learn when I asked if I could interview him for this column. It’s both tragic and heroic. [Read More]
Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion
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Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Despite a pick-six, a missed extra point, a fumble, bad penalties, and several dropped catches by two of the best possession receivers in the league, the Patriots prevailed. How? [Read More]
Travel Trouble
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Travel Trouble
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Anyone who travels a lot has most likely experienced The Proverbial Travel Day From HE-Double Hockey Sticks (TPTDFHEDHS). I just had one of those days on a recent business trip to Minneapolis, and despite the inconveniences, I managed to survive without blowing a gasket in the process. [Read More]
Victory, Even in Defeat
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Victory, Even in Defeat
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I ask the staff and the team to look back upon this season with heads held high, celebrating what a terrific journey it has been. Thanks for letting us tag along for the ride. It was a blast. [Read More]
When the 'Experts' Get It Wrong
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When the 'Experts' Get It Wrong
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
As we enter into the new year, it is time for all the experts to make their bold predictions about the future. I researched some of the biggest blunders of all time and look back on where some of the prognosticators went wrong on a few big ones. [Read More]
A Road Trip to Indy
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A Road Trip to Indy
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The talk started off fairly innocently while we sat in the stands watching the Penn State men’s basketball team defeat Georgia Tech in the Big Ten – ACC challenge game at the Bryce Jordan Center on Nov. 28. My son and his friend started making their case for a road trip to Indianapolis for the B [Read More]
The Games Really Do Count The Games Really Do Count
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I want to emphasize just how impactful the unimaginable success of the 2016 Penn State football team has been on the psyche of a good portion of our town, the student body and the alumni. [Read More]
It's Time to Work Together
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It's Time to Work Together
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Too many of our fellow Americans are getting their daily news from unsubstantiated and divisive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Is it any wonder that it seems like there is more misinformation than fact being written? It’s being shoved down our throats by both sides. [Read More]
Live Like Smitty
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Live Like Smitty
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We lost a great friend, a role model, and a man who lived his life in support of others. Smitty was patient, positive, handy, and first to forgive. He was welcoming to all and had a great sense of humor. [Read More]
Can We Just Get This Over With? Can We Just Get This Over With?
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Can this presidential race be over any sooner? Please! Did you ever think you would see such an embarrassing display by our supposed best and brightest played out on a world stage and in primetime right in front of the kids? [Read More]
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